Hazard reduction burn in Bargo State Conservation Area

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Bargo State Conservation Area, weather permitting, on Sunday 19 February 2023.

Hazard reduction burn

NPWS Blue Mountains Branch Director David Crust said the purpose of the burn was to reduce fuel loads and protect property.

“Reducing the overall fuel hazard is important as it reduces the risk of a wildfire spreading and impacting on property, infrastructure and the environment,” Mr Crust said.

“The residential village of Hill Top is on the boundary of the State Conservation Area and this 54-hectare burn will help protect the village and significant communications infrastructure.

“The burn will also protect significant trees that provide habitat for powerful owls and koalas.”

Weather permitting, the burn will begin around 9 am on Sunday with further burning, mop-up and patrol on Monday 20 February 2023.

NPWS firefighters will work alongside Rural Fire Service crews for the duration of the burn.

The hazard reduction area is adjacent to the residential village of Hill Top, Charles Street, Trig Trail North, Rocky Waterholes Fire Trail and Sackville APZ Trail.

Smoke is expected to be visible within the Hill Top area and surrounding suburbs including Colo Vale and Wilsons Drive.

Anyone vulnerable to smoke is encouraged to remain indoors and keep doors and windows closed to reduce any possible exposure.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning visit the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.

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